Short Story – The Lovers

Tarot card, The Lovers:

Gemini – the twins,

Choice and temptation,

Union of the Head and Heart.

Fingers of listless fog creep through the dark and grime. The London air is heavy, gloomy, fetid and alive. Refined gentlemen take the streets, undaunted by the shadows and smoke from gaslights lining their murky avenues. Soggy newspapers, warning of ghastly murders in East-End, are disintegrating in the gutters. Men of rugged countenance need not fear what lurks in the dark.

A woman stands at the street corner; her tattered, faded red dress breaking through the desolate fog. ‘You look lonely, sir,’ she calls, angling herself for the moonlight to catch her generous bosom. ‘Would you like some company?’

Without question, you take her by the arm, and lead her through the narrow alleyway. Her corporation, her willingness, makes your endeavour all the more easy. When you trust you are far enough from anyone to hear or witness your depravity, you push her up to the gritty brick wall.

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Book review: Eleanor & Park – ★★★★½

Forget The Fault in Our Stars. Forget whatever young adult is all the hype right now – this is what you should be reading. If you’ve ever been 16 and in love, if you love music and books (but hate it when writers make their characters sound like pretentious little douchebags – John Green), if you’ve ever found a kindred spirit and had them taken away from you – this is what you should be reading.

The moment I saw the cover for Eleanor and Park, somehow I knew it was different. For the first time in a long time, I was excited for a book. I was so excited and so desperate to read it, I wouldn’t let myself read the scathing reviews on Goodreads (for some reason, reading bad reviews helps me decide when whether I want to invest in a book). I didn’t want to spoil anything, or have anyone build up my expectations, and I didn’t want to know if anyone thought these characters were just another generic, outcast young adult couple.

And boy, was I right to do so. The only taste of Eleanor and Park I let myself have was to read the first page. One taste, and I was addicted. So addicted that I devoured this book in one read. No joke, I stayed up until 6am reading this book. Once I started, I couldn’t stop – I didn’t want to stop, in fear of disrupting the beautiful, magical flow.

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I’m a featured writer on Booksie

Back in 2009-2010 I was pretty active on Booksie. For those of you who don’t know, Booksie is a website for people to post novels, poetry, short stories and articles – pretty much, it’s the writers’ equivalent of DeviantART.

I posted a lot of poetry (which, even though I hated, received positive feedback), attempted a novella, and posted the EPIC first draft of my novel. The latter ended up having a cute little following, and by my last chapter (which was in the 90s), a good 30 people were still reading and commenting.

But the pieces that received the most attention, were my anti-Twilight pieces. One was a short story (now posted on this blog), and the other was a list aptly titled “101 Reasons Why the Twilight Saga SUCKS”.

These two pieces were the catalyst for A LOT of onsite drama. There was cyber bullying – not just aimed at me, but to my followers; and my followers fought back – and an influx of PRO-Twilight pieces. In the end, the site was just too negative, so myself and a group of friends ended up leaving. We joined DA instead, but I soon lost interest in that, too.

The thing is, no matter how many “Booksie Fan Awards” I won, or how many hits my Twilight pieces made, I never acheived the dream of being a FEATURED WRITER.

That is, until now. Five days ago, I logged back into Booksie and posted two pieces, completely on a whim. My main goal was to try and generate some traffic back to this blog.

Today, I woke up to several comments, new “fans” and… the surprise of seeing my work on the main page.

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So, there you have it folks. Sometimes dreams do come true. They just happen when you stop holding on to them 🙂

The Hunger Games: revealing the problem with YA fiction

The Hunger Games is a great book series; truly, it is well written, intelligent, deep, observational and thought provoking. But when I read the books (about 5 years ago), I was left disappointed and pissed off. Why?

Peeta/Katniss/Gale.

Love triangles have become a prerequisite for YA novels. Originally, author Suzanne Collins planned for Gale to be Katniss’s cousin, but her editor encouraged her to change this to a “romantic interest” to appeal to the drones of YA readers, solely interested in hot guys and bad romance.

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